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  • Children and Young People Act 2014
    The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was created to make Scotland the best place to grow up by putting children and young people at the heart of planning and delivery of services by ensuring their rights are respected across the public sector. Find out more:
  • Getting It Right For Every Child
    Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) is based on children’s rights and its principles reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It is for all children and young people because it is impossible to predict if or when they might need support. GIRFEC also represents parent's under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The GIRFEC approach: is child-focused - it ensures the child or young person – and their family – is at the centre of decision-making and the support available to them. is based on an understanding of the wellbeing of a child in their current situation - it takes into consideration the wider influences on a child or young person and their developmental needs when thinking about their wellbeing, so that the right support can be offered is based on tackling needs early - it aims to ensure needs are identified as early as possible to avoid bigger concerns or problems developing requires joined-up working - it is about children, young people, parents, and the services they need working together in a coordinated way to meet the specific needs and improve their wellbeing The GIRFEC approach has been tested and developed across Scotland since 2006. It is based on research evidence and the experiences of practitioners, families and children. A report published by the Nuffield Trust found that the GIRFEC approach to promoting and improving wellbeing is leading the way in the UK. GIRFEC is central to all government policies which support children, young people and their families and is delivered through services and people who work with families. Find out more:
  • My Right My Say
    All children have the right to have their views considered when decisions are being made about the support they get with their learning. Children aged 12–15 now have the right to be more involved in decisions that affect them. My Rights My Say provides advice and information about a child’s rights - advocacy to support a child to have their voice heard when talking to their school - independent support to make sure the child’s views are heard in formal process (such as assessments) - support to enhance professional practice in listening to children’s views - legal representations to support a child making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal. Further Information :
  • Parents Rights in Education
    Parents can access information on :Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004: Under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended), education authorities have a statutory requirement to identify, provide for and review the additional support needs of children and young people for whose education they are responsible Within the Law Parents have the right to: have their views listened to and be involved in decisions about their child’s education and support have a supporter or advocate present at meetings about their child’s needs ask the local authority to find out whether their child has additional support for learning needs ask the local authority for a specific assessment of their child’s additional support needs receive information or advice about their child’s additional support needs ask the local authority responsible for their child’s education to find out whether their child requires a co-ordinated support plan (CSP) ask their local authority for a specific assessment to find out if their child needs a CSP be asked for their views and for them to be taken account in their child’s CSP use the free independent ASL mediation service make a referral to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal make a placing request appeal against a local authority decision to refuse their placing request request independent adjudication. Additional support for learning: a guide for parents and carers
  • Learning Together for Parents
    Learning Together is the National Action Plan on parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home. This is due to be updated in 2021 please get in touch if you would to be engaged with any consultations regarding this:
  • Disability Equality Scotland
    Disability Equality Scotlandprovide vast resources on policy and equality in Scotland, this is a great site for information and resources on Equality and Disability laws:
  • Scotland Childrens Service Coalition
    SCSC are a campaigning organisation and have supportive resources for parent carers who children have an Additional Support Need:
  • Enquire
    Advice for parents to get answers to their questions about additional support for learning. Find out more about Enquire here:
  • Let's Talk ASN
    National Advocacy Service for Additional Support Needs :
  • Resolve: ASN
    RESOLVE:ASL provides independent additional support for learning mediation
  • Additional Support Needs Tribunal
    The Additional Support Needs jurisdiction (the ASN Tribunal) hears references (appeals) from parents and young people against decisions of education authorities regarding the provision of educational support under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (the 2004 Act). Children aged between 12 and 15 years who have capacity to make a reference (and where their wellbeing will not be adversely affected) can also make two types of references: • A reference in relation to a co-ordinated support plan (CSP) • A reference appealing against the education authority’s assessment of the child’s capacity or wellbeing. The Equality Act 2010 (the 2010 Act) provides the right to make a claim (appeal) to the ASN Tribunal in respect of disability discrimination relating to pupils in school education. Claims may be made by the parent, the young person or the child (where the child has the capacity to make the claim). Telephone : 0141 302 5860 Email : Web Address :
  • Scottish Child Law Centre
    Free expert legal advice on children’s rights and child law across Scotland. Our free confidential legal advice service is provided via telephone and email, on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people. All calls and emails are answered by fully qualified solicitors
  • Partners In Advocacy
    Independent Advocacy for Adults in Edinburgh and Children & Young People across Scotland. We provide independent advocacy to support people to have their voices heard, their opinions respected and to be involved in the important decisions that affect their lives. Independent advocacy is free and confidential – anyone can make a referral. Partners in Advocacy is independent of all other agencies, such as social work and NHS professionals. We are happy to answer any questions and if you would like to make a referral, just get in touch with us.
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Contact provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

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Salvesen Mindroom Centre are a Scottish charity are a centre of excellence in neurodiversity to help create a world in which no mind is left behind.


Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, raising awareness of children’s rights and helping families and schools work together to ensure children get the support they need.

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